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WETHERINGSETT CUM BROCKFORD WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Julie-Ellen Beeson 2010

There are two memorials for Wetheringsett. The first is a Cornish granite obelisk standing on a stepped base at the southern entrance to the village; the memorial contains the names of 20 men for World War 1 and 6 for World War 2. This memorial was unveiled by J B Chevallier 24 July 1921 at 3:30pm, the builders were Messrs. Frewer & Moss; details appeared in the East Anglian Daily Times 27 July 1921. The second memorial takes the form of two joined plaques of white marble within All Saints Parish Church. This memorial contains one more name than the obelisk and lists 21 names for World War 1 and 6 for World War 2. This memorial cost £100 by public subscription and was unveiled by Brigadier-General Brooke-Popham 15 August 1920; the builders were Messrs. Frewer & Moss; details appeared in the East Anglian Daily Times 17 August 1920.

Photographs Copyright © Simon Knott 2010

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY
OF THE MEN OF THISPARISH
WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR
1914-1919

ALDRED Frederick Thomas

Private 43082, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 12 October 1916. Aged 22. Enlisted Ipswich. Formerly 1897, Suffolk Cyclist Regiment. Army. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A. GRO Birth Registration Frederick Thomas ALDRED Jun 1894 Hartismere. Son of Edward and Alice Eliza (nee LAST) ALDRED. Resident in the 1901 Census at Wetherup Street, Wetheringsett, Suffolk.

ATKINS William Henry
Private 265455, 2/6th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died in United Kingdom 2 April 1917. Aged 31. Enlisted Ipswich. Formerly 2474, Suffolk Cyclist Regiment. Army. Son of William and Susanna Atkins, of The Red House, Wetheringsett. Buried North of the main path in All Saints Churchyard, Wetheringsett. GRO Birth Registration William Henry ATKINS Sep 1885 Hartimere. Son of William and Susanna (nee CROWE) ATKINS. Resident in the 1901 Census at Blacksmith Green, Wetheringsett, Suffolk
BARNES George William
Private 46679, 20th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regimernt). Died 28 March 1917. Born Wetheringsett, enlisted Bury St Edmunds, resident Brockford Turnpike. Army. Buried in Bray Military Cemetery, Somme. France. Plot II. Row F. Grave 35. GRO Birth Registration George William BARNES Mar 1983 Hartismere. Son of William and Mary Ann (nee COLLINGS) BARNES. Resident in the 1901 Census at Blacksmith Green, Wetheringsett, Suffolk.
BEDWELL Albert Victor

[Listed as Arthur Victor Bedwell on SDGW] Private G/44088 (CWGC) or G/44008 (SDGW), 17th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 13 November 1916. Aged 21. Born Little Glinham, enlisted Bury St Edmunds, resident Stowmarket. Army. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 12 D and 13 B. GRO Birth Registration Albert Victor BEDWELL Jun 1894 Plomesgate. Son of Alfred Joseph and Anna Maria (nee SCOTCHMER) BEDWELL. Resident in the 1901 Census at Great Glemham Road, Sweffling, Suffolk. Albert Victor Bedwell’s father Alfred Joseph Bedwell and George Bedwell’s father George were brothers so Albert and George were first cousins.

BEDWELL George
Private 42817, 8th Battalion, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment). Died of wounds 22 September 1917. Aged 19. Born Sweffling, enlisted Bury St Edmunds, resident Brockford. Formerly 172664, Royal Field Artillery. Army. Buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium. Plot XXIV. Row C. Grave 1. GRO Birth Registration George BEDWELL Jun 1898 Plomesgate. Son of George and Esther (nee ELLIS) BEDWELL. Resident in the 1901 Census at Street, Sweffling, Suffolk. Albert Victor Bedwell’s father Alfred Joseph Bedwell and George Bedwell’s father George were brothers so Albert and George were first cousins.
BRIGGS Samuel Frank
[Listed as Frank Briggs on SDGW & CWGC] Private 27325, 6th Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Died of wounds 20 March 1917. Aged 22. Born Laxfield, enlisted Eye, resident Stowmarket. Son of Mrs. J. Briggs, of Stone House, Brockford, nr. Stowmarket Suffolk. Formerly C/23456, East Surrey Regiment. Army. Buried in Avesnes-Le-Comte Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 5. GRO Birth Registration Samuel Frank BRIGGS Mar 1895 Hoxne. Son of James and Charlotte (nee RUSE) BRIGGS. Resident in the 1901 Census at Jacobs, Laxfield, Suffolk
CHAPMAN George
Gunner 14968, 49th Division Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery. Died 4 December 1916. Aged 30. Army. Enlisted and resident Ipswich. Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XX. Row D. Grave 15A. GRO Birth Registration George CHAPMAN Mar 1886 Hartismere. Son of Herbert Lewis and Frances Sarah (nee DURRANT) CHAPMAN. Resident in the 1901 Census at Pitman Corner, Wetheringsett, Suffolk
CHAPMAN John Manuel
Private G/50544, 4th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Died of wounds 28 April 1917. Aged 39. Born and resident Wetheringsett, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Formerly 26631, Suffolk Regiment. Army. Son of John Shadrack Chapman and Maria Cole Chapman, of Wetheringsett, Stowmarket, Suffolk. Buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 86. GRO Birth Registration John Emmanuel CHAPMAN Jun 1879 Hartismere. Son of John Shadrach and Maria (nee COLE) CHAPMAN. Resident in the 1901 Census at Wetherup Street, Wetheringsett, Suffolk
HAYWARD Arthur
Private 201044, 1/4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 17 April 1917. Aged 33. Enlisted Ipswich. Army. Buried in Cojeul British Cemetery, St. Martin-Sur-Cojeul, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section C. Grave 64. GRO Birth Registration Arthur HAYWARD Mar 1884 Hartismere. Son of Thomas and May Ann (nee POLLARD) HAYWARD. Resident in the 1901 Census at Blacksmith Green, Wetheringsett, Suffolk
KEEBLE Albert Edward
Private 235309, 8th Battalion, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment). Killed in action 8 October 1918. Aged 28. Born Wetheringsett, enlisted and resident Stowmarket. Formerly 241970, Yorkshire Regiment. Army. Buried in Anneux British cemetery, Nord, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 24. GRO Birth Registration Albert Edward KEEBLE Mar 1897 Hartismere. Son of Robert and Mary Ann (nee SHIRLEY) KEEBLE. Resident in the 1901 Census at Brockford Green, Wetheringsett, Suffolk. Albert and Walter Keeble were brothers.
KEEBLE Walter William
Private 23673, ‘C’ Company, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 28 April 1917. Aged 22. Born Wetheringsett, enlisted Stowmarket. Son of Robert Keeble and Mary Ann Keeble, of Brockford Green, Stowmarket, Suffolk. Army. Buried in Level Crossing Cemetery, Fampoux, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 36. GRO Birth Registration Walter William KEEBLE Mar 1894 Hartismere. Son of Robert and Mary Ann (nee SHIRLEY) KEEBLE. Resident in the 1901 Census at Brockford Green, Wetheringsett, Suffolk. Albert and Walter Keeble were brothers.
MILES [Charles] Albert 'Bertie'
Private 4355, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 3 December 1916. Aged 29. Enlisted Eye. Son of Charles and Charlotte Miles, of 90, Ipswich Rd., Pettaugh, Stowmarket. Army. Buried North of the main path in All Saints Churchyard Extension, Wetheringsett. GRO Birth Registration Charles Albert MILES Sep 1887 Bosmere. Son of Charles and Charlotte (nee STANNARD) MILES. Resident in the 1901 Census at Thorpe Hall, Ashfield, Suffolk
ROOKYARD Frederick Robert
Private 28207, 12th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Died 12 November 1916. Aged 22. Born Brockford, enlisted Eye. Formerly 20186, Norfolk Regiment. Army. Buried in Hebuterne Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row Q. Grave 2. GRO Birth Registration Frederick Robert ROOKYARD Jun 1894 Hartismere. Son of Frederick and Emma (nee LUMMIS) ROOKYARD. Resident in the 1901 Census at Turnpike Road, Wetheringsett, Suffolk
SMITH Albert George

Died date unknown. No further military information currently available.

GRO Birth Registration Albert George SMITH Sep 1896 Hartismere. Son of James and Laura (nee MILLS) SMITH. Resident in the 1901 Census at Pages Green, Wetheringsett, Suffolk. Albert and Spencer Smith were brothers. Listed in 1911 census as an Agricultural Labourer, aged 14, born Wetheringsett, living in Wetheringsett. There are many entries in the Commonwealth War Grave listings for A G Smiths and it was not possible to identify one for Albert Smith of Wetheringsett.

SMITH Spencer Henry

Private 35871, 117th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action 31 July 1917. Aged 24. Born and resident Wetheringsett, enlisted Ipswich. Formerly 24632, Suffolk Regiment. Army. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 56. GRO Birth Registration Henry Spencer SMITH Dec 1893 Hartismere. Son of James and Laura (nee MILLS) SMITH. Resident in the 1901 Census at Pages Green, Wetheringett, Suffolk. Albert and Spencer Smith were brothers. Listed in 1911 census as an Agricultural Labourer, aged 16, born Wetheringsett, living in Wetheringsett.

SMITH William Gordon
Corporal 61561, 10th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Died of wounds 25 August 1918. Aged 33. Born Wetheringsett, enlisted Bury St Edmunds, resident Stowmarket. Formerly 23984, East Surrey Regiment. Army. Son of Arthur and Anna Mary Smith, of White House Farm, Wetheringsett; husband of Maud Smith, of the Post Office, Wetheringsett, Stowmarket, Suffolk. Buried in Bagneux British Cemetery, Gezaincourt, Somme, France. Plot VI. Row C. Grave 33. GRO Birth Registration William Gordon SMITH Sep 1885 Hartismere. Son of Arthur and Anna May (nee TYDEMAN) SMITH. Resident in the 1901 Census at Park Green, Wetheringsett, Suffolk
STANNARD Arthur
Gunner 81237, 183rd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 24 January 1918. Aged 32. Born and resident Wetheringsett, enlisted Eye. Brother of Mrs. Fanny Speakman, of 15, New Street, Dorset Square, London. Army. Buried in Nine Elms British Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium. Plot XIII. Row E. Grave 6. GRO Birth Registration Arthur STANNARD Jun 1884 Hartismere. Son of John and Adelaide (nee BAALAM) STANNARD. Resident in the 1901 Census at Wetherup Street, Wetheringsett, Suffolk. Arthur and Frederick Stannard were brothers.
STANNARD Frederick

Private G/52689, 4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 3 May 1917. Aged 38. Born Wetheringsett, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Formerly 26804, Suffolk Regiment. Army. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3. GRO Birth Registration Frederick STANNARD Dec 1879 Hartismere. Son of John and Adelaide (nee BAALAM) STANNARD. Resident in the 1901 Census at Wetherup Street, Wetheringsett, Suffolk. Arthur and Frederick Stannard were brothers.

STANNARD Thomas
Private 40415, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 14 October 1917. Aged 24. Born Wetheringsett, enlisted Eye. Son of Eliza Stannard, of Park Green, Witheringsett, Stowmarket, Suffolk. Formerly 4394, Suffolk Regiment. Army. Buried in Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium. Plot IX. Row I. Grave 20. GRO Birth Registration Thomas STANNARD Jun 1893 Hartismere. Son of Alfred and Eliza (nee ROSE) STANNARD. Resident in the 1901 Census at Wetherup Street, Wetheringsett, Suffolk. Arthur and Frederick Stannard’s father John Stannard and Thomas Stannard’s father Alfred Stannard were brothers so Arthur and Frederick were first cousins to Thomas.
STANNARD Stanley Amos Charles
Private 43234, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 26 September 1916. Aged 21. Born brockford, enlisted Ipswich. Son of Charles and Thyrza Louisa Stannard, of The Homestead, Brockford, Suffolk. Formerly 26443, bedfordshire Regiment. Army. Buried in Serre Road Cemetery, Somme, France. Plot XVII. Row B. Grave 3. GRO Birth Registration Stanley Amos Charles STANNARD Sep 1895 Hartismere. Son of Charles and Thirza Louisa (nee PILCH) STANNARD. Resident in the 1901 Census at Brockford Green, Wetheringsett, Suffolk. Stanley Stannard is the second cousin once removed of Arthur, Frederick and Thomas Stannard.
TAYLOR Frederick William

Private 15714, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 17 February 1917. Aged 26. Army. Born Occold, Suffolk, enlisted Ipswich. Son of Frederick and Naomi Taylor, of Green Lane, Wetheringsett, Stowmarket, Suffolk. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A. GRO Birth Registration Frederick William TAYLOR Mar 1891 Hartismere. Son of Frederick and Naomi (nee GODFREY) TAYLOR. Resident in the 1901 Census at Green Lane, Wetheringsett, Suffolk. In 1911 census he aged 20, Farm Labourer, born Occold, Suffolk, resident Green Lane, Wetheringsett.

WOODS Richard

Private 22233, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 20 July 1916. Aged 23. Born Wetheringsett, enlisted Stowmarket. Army. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A. GRO Birth Registration Richard WOODS Mar 1893 Hartismere. Son of William and Rebecca (nee WADE) WOODS. Resident in the 1901 Census at Wetherup Street, Wetheringsett, Suffolk.

"THEIR SOULS ARE IN THE HAND OF GOD."

1939-1946

CHAPMAN Claude Alfred

Private 5836250, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Lost at sea, missing presumed drowned on board RAKUYO MARU, as a Prisoner of War of the Japanese, 12 September 1944. Aged 24. Army. Commemorated on Singapore Memorial, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 58. GRO Birth Registration Claude A(lfred) CHAPMAN Dec 1920 Hartismere. Son of Allan Sidney and Lily (nee GODDARD) CHAPMAN

COLE Harold Arthur Peter
Assistant Cook (O) P/MX 62149, HMS Illustrious, Royal Navy. Died of wounds 11 January 1941 when HMS Illustrious was heavily damaged by a concerted enemy air attack by German dive-bombers on 10 January 1941, when the armoured flight deck armour was penetrated by an 1100lb (500kg) bomb. That and six other bomb hits kept her out of action until the following December. Aged 22. Royal Navy. Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire. Panel 58, Column 1. GRO Birth Registration Herbert A(rthur) P(eter) COLE Mar 1919 Hartismere. Son of Herbert John and Hannah (nee BAKER) COLE
LING Leslie Arthur
Private 14688190, 1st Battalion, Royal Scots. Died from the effects of being a prisoner of war of the Japanese 15 February 1946. Aged 20. Son of Walter William and Ada Ellen Ling, of Brockford, Suffolk. Army. Commemorated on Rangoon Memorial, Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar. Face 4. GRO Birth Registration Leslie A(rthur) LING Sep 1925 Hartismere. Son of Walter William and Ada Ellen (nee SCASE) LING
NUNN John Henry

Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 1202182, 100 Squadron (flying Avro Lancaster III's from Waltham in operations over Germany), No.1 Group, RAF Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 15 April 1943. Aged 31. Royal Air Force. Buried in Bohain Communal Cemetery, Aisne, France. Collective grave. GRO Birth Registration John H(enry) NUNN Dec 1912 Hartismere. Son of John and Emily (SMITH) NUNN

Note: 100 Squadron’s first Battle Honour of the air war in Europe was awarded for the ‘Battle of the Ruhr’ between March and July 1943. During this period, Battle Orders included operations against Stettin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Mannheim, Duisberg and Dortmund.

SHELDRICK Peter A P
Trooper 410947, Royal Dragoons, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 27 June 1941. Aged 20. Army Buried in Khayat Beach War Cemetery, Israel. Plot A. Row H. Grave 3. GRO Birth Registration Peter A P SHELDRICK Jun 1920 Orsett. Son of William P and Susannah (nee DAY) SHELDRICK
BARKER Ernest Hugh
Civilian, A.R.P. Rescue Service. Injured 10 November 1943, at Brome; died at Hartismere Emergency Hospital 12 November 1943. Aged 50. Son of Helena Barker, of Park Green, Wetheringsett, and of the late Nelson Barker. Buried in Eye Cemetery, Suffolk. GRO Birth Registration Ernest Hugh BARKER Jun 1893 Hartismere. Son of Nelson James and Helena Maria (nee BULL) BARKER. Resident in the 1901 Census at Offton, Suffolk.

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